It’s invariably true that Herriot’s animal stories ended happily, as she notes. Her stories, well, invariably do not. They resist a chipper ending and, indeed, conspire to break her heart. Being a veterinary student certainly is no picnic for her, but when she’s finally graduated and chosen to set up her practice, the life still is no picnic. Not that Wheeler wishes it was! Her last words confess that she’ll look for another line of work if she ever stops struggling to save suffering animals in her care.
The author of Unlikely Companions talks about the inspiration for her book, about how she managed to fit writing into her busy schedule, about the sugar glider story, the best piece of advice she was ever given, her heroes, and lots more.